Delta plans another eclipse flight, after first one quickly sold out

Kelly Yamanouchi, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on

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Delta Air Lines is putting up for sale another flight for passengers to get a view of the upcoming solar eclipse from the air, after its first eclipse flight sold out in less than 24 hours.

Delta said it will operate Flight 1010 on April 8, the day of the total solar eclipse, departing Dallas Fort Worth International Airport at 12:30 p.m. bound for Detroit.

While Delta’s initial flight timed to follow the eclipse’s path of totality from Austin to Detroit was on an Airbus A220-300 with large windows, the flight from Dallas Fort Worth will be operated on a larger Airbus A321neo with more seats.

The airline said it saw a sharp spike in searches for the first eclipse route after it was announced last week.


Delta meteorologist Warren Weston noted that the April 8 eclipse is the last total eclipse over North America until 2044, and that it will last twice as along as as the 2017 eclipse, with a path nearly twice as wide.

It’s worth noting that there are a number of factors that could foil a quest for top-notch views of the eclipse from the sky, including air traffic control delays, weather that could disrupt the flight path — or a middle or aisle seat.

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